If it's anything like last Thursday's inaugural event, I can't wait for the Second Annual Beacon House Celebrity Golf Classic at the Marquette Golf Club next year.
Talk about an impressive first-time event. From the match-up party at L'Attitude & Waterfront, to the golf held at the renowned Greywalls Course and then the 19th Hole Party/Auction at Up Front & Co. ending the festivities, the Classic was hugely successful.
Held to benefit the Beacon House in Marquette, which provides accommodations for medical patients, caregivers and family members, the Classic may have exceeded everyone's expectations.
Through the hard work of the event coordinator, Mary (Tavernini) Dowling, event co-chair Sue LeGalley, official host and former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci and his sister, Cheryl, among others, the Classic couldn't have turned out much better.
Mother Nature cooperated, Marquette Golf Club pro Marc Gilmore and the club's staff were amazing and all participants seemed to have a good time.
The celebrities who took part were impressive, as well. Arizona Cardinals place-kicker Jay Feely, who's wife is from L'Anse and their family has a summer home on nearby Lake Michigamme, was particularly personable.
So was Fox NFL Sunday host Curt Menefee, who came from Los Angeles for his first foray into the Upper Peninsula.
"I'm definitely happy I chose to play in this charity event," he said, adding he had met "a lot of good people" during the Classic.
Former NFL player Harold Green (1990-98) came all the way from South Carolina to participate in the Classic.
Former Detroit Pistons star and current team radio analyst Rick Mahorn also took part, despite a sprained foot that left him hobbling up and down Greywalls' hills. When he makes a commitment, Mahorn - nicknamed "McNasty" by some during his NBA playing days - makes good on his promise.
I didn't attend either the pre- or post-golf parties. Mining Journal Sports Editor Matt Wellens got to do that and eat some of the fine food that was offered. That's why he's the boss.
But apparently, a good time was held by all and the auction of celebrity items brought in thousands of dollars for the Beacon House.
Word will get around about what a fine event the Classic turned out to be. Many of this year's celebrities will no doubt want to come back next year, assuming the Classic continues.
Perhaps, somewhere down the road, so many celebrities will want to take part that MGC's Heritage Course will have to be utilized, as well.
Wouldn't that be something?
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.